Politics & Government

Rep. Baird will hold town halls, retracts lynch mob remark

TACOMA, Wash. — Washington state Congressman Brian Baird is apologizing for his criticism of raucous town-hall meetings on health care, and is now scheduling some in-person meetings of his own.

The Vancouver Democrat recently said people disrupting other town halls were exhibiting a "lynch mob mentality" and "close to Brownshirt tactics," a reference to Nazi stormtroopers.

But in a statement Wednesday, Baird says he was wrong to use those words. He also called for a more civil debate on health care, and said he's going to hold five town-hall meetings.

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